Best Audio Editor & Recorder for Ubuntu Linux – Audacity

Unless you’re really new to GNU/Linux, it’s highly unlikely that you’ve never heard of Audacity. If you haven’t nonetheless then, Audacity is simply one of the best, free & open source audio editing and recording utilities that comes with cross-platform support.

I came across it few years ago and from recording an audio file to editing it with using a lot of built in tools or even just converting between different audio formats, it’s one heck of an application.

It uses a lot of plugins and as a result we can easily expand the features by simply installing a new plugin for instance. The only drawback is that it does not support editing other popular proprietary audio formats such as AAC or WMA at the moment (but converting into them is supported, more below).

Main features…

*. Supports both editing and importing of file types such as: MP3, MP2, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, AIFF and AU.


*. As said above, it won’t let you edit WMA format for instance but lets you save/convert into a big list of popular formats such as: WMA, MP3, Ogg, WAV, RAW, FLAC, MP2, M4A, AC3 or in any audio format that the FFMpeg library supports (means a huge list!).

That’s an impressive list! …

*. Supports RAW audio container format.

*. Split and Merge.

*. Change bitrate, sample rate, edit channels or other various compress settings (depends on the audio codec actually).

*. Record from Line, microphone or any other sources (up to 16 channels).

*. Cut/Copy/Paste/Delete/Zoom, etc with the editing section with ease.

*. Advanced audio analyzing tools such as: Beatfinder, Peak Monitor, Silence monitor, Multiplexer, etc.

*. Add hundreds of effects such as: Echo, Fade in-out, Reverse playback, “Wahwah” (pretty famous one), Change pitch or Tempo, Delay … are just a fraction of built in effects to mention. You can easily add manually selected effects to an audio file using the “Apply chain” feature as well.

Need a powerful equalizer?, no problemo ;-)…

*. Re-sample, convert stereo to mono.

*. Audio tag (meta-data) editing.

meta-data-editor-300x225 *. Audio gain or Normalize support… are just a very few of its features to mention.

You can install Audacity in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 10.10 etc by using the below command in your terminal window.

sudo apt-get install audacity

But if however you want the daily builds, then use the below commands instead (using the dedicated PPA) of the above ones. But remember, since they’re daily builds… it could be a bit unstable. So use it at your own risk.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:audacity-team/daily

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install audacity

You can also use its “Preferences” window change a whole lot other (bit technical perhaps) settings such as, sound servers, audio buffer size, change playback devices, etc as well.

preferences-window2-300x149 As mentioned before, it’s highly unlikely that you haven’t heard about it but if you haven’t and looking for one of the best free audio editors plus recorder that can be used in Ubuntu from simple tasks of converting an audio to a professional, fully featured utility, then you should try “Audacity’!.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

2 thoughts on “Best Audio Editor & Recorder for Ubuntu Linux – Audacity”

  1. You claim that Audacity imports mp3 but it does not in the version offered from the Ubuntu 14.04 repository. There are issues.


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